Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all States and Territories to enable residents to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's a day to be proud and reflect on what this nation has achieved and re-commit to making an even better place for future generations.
Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, January 25 - 6pm for a 6.30pm start
Each year, Council hosts an Australia Day Awards Presentation Evening, recognising individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community or who have excelled in the sporting or cultural arenas. Residents are encouraged to nominate their local hero.
Nominations are now open:
View Awards Selection Criteria
Nominate Online or
Download a nomination form
Nominations close at 5pm on 4 November 2016
Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day
Each year, residents can celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian on January 26 at the region's major Australia Day Family Fun Day event. The program traditionally includes the national anthem and flag raising and plenty of entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Council-supported Australia Day Community Events
To assist regional communities, Council offers donations to eligible groups to host Australia Day celebrations in their townships. These community events complement the main regional event held annually on January 26.
View the list of regional locations and events organised by the 2016 successful applicants.